Joyce Polance

Joyce Polance lives and works in Chicago. Her work ranges from encaustic portraits to figurative paintings executed in oil. They explore women’s transformations and empowerment.

Born in New York City in 1965, Polance holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She also attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Polance is a three-time grantee of the CAAP Grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as a recipient of a Cliff Dwellers’ Artist in Residence Award, a Judith Dawn Memorial Fund Grant, and a George Sugarman Foundation Grant. Her work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Reader. Additionally, she was featured as part of the Central States edition of American Art Collector, issued in the fall of 2005. Her work is also featured on the Artfem.TV website, published in Austria.

Polance’s paintings are held in private and corporate collections including Commonwealth Edison, Deloitte, The University Club of Chicago, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, and the Illinois Institute of Art. She has had solo exhibits in Chicago and the Midwest, and is represented by Addington Gallery in Chicago and Blue Gallery in Three Oaks, Michigan. Her paintings can be viewed at

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